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51 Oak St, Portland, ME 04101-3921
207-253-5122
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11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Wonderful Eritrean food

I love Ethiopian food, so an Eritrean restaurant is something I am going to love! This place was tasty, and a good value! The injera is different than the Ethiopian style, not as tart, but still very good. The spicy lamb dish we ordered had good heat and excellent flavor. I subtracted a star... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2015
Sarah L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I love Ethiopian food, so an Eritrean restaurant is something I am going to love! This place was tasty, and a good value! The injera is different than the Ethiopian style, not as tart, but still very good. The spicy lamb dish we ordered had good heat and excellent flavor. I subtracted a star because of the stifling heat of... More 

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Portland, ME
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Asmara is one of my favorite restaurants in Portland. The giant platter of injera topped with chicken, lamb, lentils, cabbage-- the choices go on and on-- is delicious and spicy (if you like it that way) and satisfying. Order a Tusker and you might feel transported to another continent.

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Wells, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The food was very good and the all the various employees, except our server, provided great service. The coffee ceremony, including freshly roasted and ground coffee, was delicious. I would definitely recommend it for a nice change of pace.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

If you're new to Ethiopian/Eritrean food look no further for the REAL thing ! ! ! The cuisine is extraordinary and the menu is broad and varied. The Injera that is both serving platter and utensils for the entree is gluten free teff bread. Wonderful ! Best value add on side is the salad with shredded injera. Lamb is amazing...... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The Asmara justifiably gets a lot of nice reviews. It certainly is a break from the other fare that you get around downtown but it can get crowded at lunch; try a late lunch (after 2:30 pm) when you might be the only diners there with the family that runs it. Be sure to get the hot tea, and don't... More 

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The lamb dishes are flavourful and the fried kale is delicious. I cannot get enough of the injera and often order an additional one to share with the group. Friendly staff and great value for money. They have half off lunch entrees during the week

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Naples, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

It was great to find out the there was an Ethiopian/Eritrean restaurant in Maine to add to the diverse mix of options for such a small state. We got the sambusa as a starter and the vegetarian platter for my family and I to share and also the chicken tibsi for main courses. The food was all great and the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

This is an Eritrean restaurant, our first. Meals are eaten with fingers and using what is effectively a thick crepe made using an African grain meal flour. The food was quite spicy and we did end up with turmeric stained fingertips but we did enjoy the food and it was a very friendly and reasonably priced meal. Better than greasy... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

My wife and I were taking my 22 year old vegan daughter out for here last restaurant meal before she started hiking the AT up in Maine. My wife and daughter ordered something called sponge bread onto which they put all sorts of cooked vegies and i think a little lamb. They really liked it. It had two very small... More 

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Came in on a Sunday night when passing through Portland, no one else around, but greeted with very friendly service and enthusiasm by the owner. Ordered red lentils and collard greens, service was relatively quick and dishes were flavorful. It would have been great to have a vegetarian sampler plate with more dishes for 1-2 people, but no big deal.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 51 Oak St, Portland, ME 04101-3921
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 207-253-5122
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm

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